Five Senses Analysis
Eating nourishes our bodies and also brings more to our social activities. When we lose our sense of smell or taste studies have found that people begin to socialize less, make bad eating habits, and overall feel worse. Some causes in becoming smell and taste impaired are sinus diseases, growth in the nasal passages and brain tumors can also be a reason. These two senses work together to not only make us aware of our surroundings, but also is linked to one of the reasons we are able to keep our bodies healthy. Taste and smell warn us of hazards of poisonous fumes, fire and spoiled food. Both belong to our chemosensation system. Chemosensation is our ability to sense chemicals. When it comes to how these senses work it can be quite complicated. The process begins when the molecules of the substances around us are released and begin to stimulate the special nerve cells in mouth throat and nose. The nerve cells then transmit the messages to the brain and from there our brain is able to identify the specific tastes or smells. The specific cells that are being stimulated are our olfactory cells and gustatory cells. Olfactory cells are linked to our smell nerves. These are stimulated by all kinds of odors and fragrances. Our gustatory cells give us the ability to taste. The cells are clustered within the tastebuds that are in our mouths and throats. They react with the foods and liquids and mix with our saliva. Many of the small bumps we can see on our tongues are tastebuds. These type of surface cells are the reason we are able to send taste information to nearby nerve fibers that send messages to our brain. The bodies ability to sense chemicals is another chemosensory mechanism that adds to our sense of taste and smell. This chemosense system has thousands of free nerve endings. This is specific for moist surfaces of the eyes, nose, mouth and throat.